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Parole Denied to Killer in 1996 Slaying of Peabody Woman

Mass. Parole Board denies early release to one of two men convicted of murdering Peabody woman Kristen Crowley.

The Essex County District Attorney's office announced today that the state Parole Board has denied an early release to a man convicted of murdering a Peabody woman 16 years ago.

John Keegan, who was serving out a 15-year to life sentence for second-degree murder and attempted aggravated rape, pled guilty to beating 27-year-old Kristen Crowley to death in the woods near her apartment. A second man, Timothy Dykens, was also convicted in the case (of first-degree murder).

The board issued its decision earlier today and imposed a maximum review period of five years.

“This decision keeps a dangerous criminal behind bars,” said DA Jon Blodgett.  “Mr. Keegan committed a heinous crime in the kidnapping and brutal beating of Kristen Crowley. He has never taken responsibility for his actions. I will continue to oppose his release as long as I am District Attorney.”

The murder occurred June 1, 1996, when Keegan and Dykens spotted Crowley at a gas station convenience store. They followed her to her apartment, which was nearby, and dragged her into the woods, where they attempted to rape her and eventually killed her.

Keegan pled guilty in the case on Oct. 28, 1997, a day after Dykens was convicted.

Essex Assistant DA and Appeals Division Chief Elin Graydon, arguing against parole for Keegan, said he's failed to fully admit the nature and extent of his role in the murder, continues to engage in abusive and deceitful relationships with women while in custody, hasn't participated in a sex offender treatment program and has a "weak plan" to do so should he be released.

“This murder was a sex-driven, alcohol-fueled stranger assault in which two men targeted a lone female,” Graydon said. “Release is not compatible with the welfare of society.”

ryan walsh November 02, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Good.they should never get out.
Bob November 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
They both should rot in jail.. Good Job DA Jon Blodgett.!! God I wish we had the death penalty for SCUM like this..
christine November 03, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Good they should remain in jail forever
nancy bettencourt November 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Rest easy beautiful....
Sheilaschrafft November 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Thank you God. Let them rot.
J November 03, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I agree with Bob, I wish we had the death penalty for scum like this too. Better yet they deserve the most inhumane form of punishment by death, something from the medieval times would suit them well.
Sandra Elizabeth November 03, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Thank you parole board! I have to admit sitting through that parole hearing was heart wrenching, but all worth it knowing whatever it takes to keep this piece of dirt behind bars! Myself and the rest of Krissys friends and family will see to that everytime he comes up for parole we will be right there making sure he stays right where he belongs behind bars! He took her life....he should do life! R.I.P Krissy...we will never stop fighting for you! Sandy
peabody November 03, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I still remember former Rep. Slattery shocking the community by breaking the tie vote on the death penalty. Maybe if he grew up in Peabody and knew the family and friends or victim, he would have felt the need to serve more jsutice in cases like this.
M. N. Lowery November 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
They are both guilty, but looks like the coin was flipped. Looks like Dykens was 2nd degree and Keegan was 1st degree.
Ashley November 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
After sitting in a room with that animal I was so happy for the.parole boards decision. It was the hardest.day to hear every detail of what happened since I was young when my guardian angel was killed I lost it when he started.to speak not because.of what he said but the.fact that he still has a voice when she was.silenced 16 years ago. I will go to every parole hearing and fight for her miss you auntie xoxo
Cheryl January 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Rest in piece Kristen...don't know you but I think people who do these kind of things should have it done to Them in return.
MissyM April 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
What a beautiful life taken to soon. She is a beautiful angel in heaven now , but still how painful for her loved ones. I pray for them still today. And I hope these animals get what they deserve for committing such a heinous crime on such a beautiful woman , and remain in prison where they belong.
Brian June 14, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Let them stay in prison and think about what they did every day. I find it interesting that that coward didn't attack me. He had his chance.
Knew from Quincy July 28, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Thank God this dirtbag is still in jail. I knew him (& his brother Joe) since middle school and watched him be a bully and a loser that entire time. I can still remember walking home by myself when I was 13 years old when he and a few of his friends jumped out of a car (he was 17 at the time) and started pushing me around and threatening to beat me up because of some fight he was having with an acquaintance of mine... Another time him and multiple car loads of his pals including (his lawyer/cop brother Joe) came to where me and my friends were walking through Wollaston center (in Quincy) and he jumped out of the car he was in yelling "who wants some" (he was clearly drunk, probably 18). Anyway I am happy to say that night he got more then he could handle when the person he tried to assault knocked him out cold in the middle of the street. His brother Joe held him in his arms yelling "John, talk to me, please talk to me". I'll never forget that especially knowing now that he turned out to be such a predator coward woman beater, raper and murderer. It is really scary to think his brother ex-cop & lawyer sat at his parole hearing and said "the way we grew up is probably why he did this" ??? What ??? i grew up being abused by an alcoholic father yet at no point has that ever led me to rape and murder a defenseless innocent girl. Any violence against women makes me sick. Unless the Keegans were raised with thier parents dragging innocent girls into the woods to rape and murder them, the WTF is he talking about ?? Scary to think anyone would sit on this scums behalf !! I am so sorry for the poor family members who have to live with what this monster did to them for the rest of their lives.

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